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    Scenario 1: It's Friday—you've finished work, you're in East London, and all you want to do is relax and unwind with your pals. It's time for a drink... okay, we mean drinks.

    Scenario 2: It's Monday—you've had a crud day and you're in need of a seriously good happy hour to perk you up.

    Whatever the case, we've found your next favorite drinking locale. Having sipped our way across many a stellar bar, we've become quite the connoisseurs around the watering-hole circuit. And now you can be, too. Below, the places to hit up if you find yourself hankering for a quality cocktail.


    Barrio East
    The happiest kind of happy hour in East London (aka it runs every day), Barrio East knows how to create a good drunk. All you need to know: £5 mojitos, caipirinhas, and margaritas.

    Love Shake
    "Eat, drink, and surf" is the mantra at this tiny milkshake shack in Hoxton. It sounds so innocent but when happy hour hits, two beers for £5 can transport you to Sloshed Town in quick haste. The understated American-themed shack does amazing spiked milkshakes, but if you’re in the market for beers, it’s a great spot for meeting friends, i.e. the cheapest rounds you're going to get in the area. Fortunately, it's in stumbling distance of multiple transport stations. 

    Andina
    Like Pisco? Love Andina. We're calling it the home of London’s Pisco Sours. Whilst it might not have a happy hour, it delivers elsewhere with a more eclectic list of cocktails than elsewhere and a food menu that will leave you salivating—just maybe try the sea bass ceviche before all the Pisco; we’re not sure how well it would go down afterward. Best yet, if you’re feeling sore-headed in the morning, we're calling its fresh green juices miracle cures.

    Hoi Polloi
    Whilst we might be slightly biased, our fellow Ace Hotel resident, Hoi Polloi, is a damn good shout for drinks. Just as much it is a place to be seen as it is a place to go see, pretty much everything about it is cool, including the crowd, long craft beer list, plugs in the seating booths for charging your gadgets, and the waiters and managers all sporting Nike Airs. Looking for a nightcap? Hoi Polloi is our best bet.

    East London Liquor Company
    If you're looking for something a little different (and don't mind a little walk), check out East London Liquor Company in Bethnal Green, which is a fully functioning liquor company bringing the craft spirits distillery back to the heart of London town. Being that it's out of the way, expect less crowds and a more relaxed vibe, along with a brilliant view of the distillery process behind the bar. Head over for a fine cocktail or an ELLC G&T, and couple it with a cured meats board perhaps?

    5CC at the Well & Bucket
    You’ll walk into this pub on Bethnal Green road and wonder what all the fuss is about. Until you go downstairs, that is. Slip down the stairs at the side door and arrive at 5cc, an intimate cocktail bar, which is guaranteed to be buzzing whatever time you go. Pull up a stool at the bar or grab a cozy corner at the back if you’re with a date before perusing the excellent cocktail list. For a more unusual drink, Smokey Tommy was our favorite with smoked Mscal, lime, and agave. It’s fair to say one won’t be enough.

    Discount Suit Co

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    Opening Ceremony is giving you an all-access pass to NYFW S/S 2015. This season, we're doing things a little differently—with just the show essentials and backstage highlights. Above, a dispatch from yesterday's Spring/Summer 2015 Chromat show.

    Want more from this year's New York Fashion Week? Stay up-to-the-minute on S/S 2015, right here.
    Shop all current Chromat here

    Photos by Matthew Kelly



    Designer Becca McCharen



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    Niagara Falls is a place your grandparents probably remember fondly. For nearly 100 years, it was pegged as "The Honeymoon Capital of the World," according to Niagara Falls Tourism, a vacation destination for thousands of station wagon-driving families. Then, sometime about 50 years ago, it fell off the cultural map completely.

    Today, Niagara Falls, New York is more like a Little Detroit, or Newark on the Niagara. It's a depressed and deeply weird place, a long-forgotten 20th century ghost town sharing a name with a city across the border that operates like a year-round carnival. Oh, and it still borders a natural wonder of the world.

    Route 104 is the old highway connecting the city to the rest of the Northeastern US, and as you drive in, the cornfields and dairy farms become increasingly interrupted by abandoned motels and ancient gas stations. You enter Niagara Falls through a stretch of ruined factories and empty lots that go on for entire city blocks. But, as you begin to explore the neighborhoods, little houses jump out that could only exist in places of near-anarchy. Customized little houses that gleam like jeweled gingerbread houses stand out amid the decay and let you know that falls aside, this place is different.

    Tourists have been visiting the area since Napoleon’s brother had his honeymoon there, and because of the incredible power generated by the water, industry sprang up almost immediately. By the late 19th century, the area was an industrial power, and the falls were quickly becoming one of the first tourist attractions in the United States. The railroad companies advertised it as a honeymoon and vacation attraction, then struggled to keep up with the demand as people flocked by the thousands. By the '60s, the industry had crashed, the city fell into a depression, and the tourists began to leave. Today, tourism is confined to a few blocks on the American side. The Canadian side, however is a different story.

    Niagara Falls, Canada is a tourist boom town and almost taunts the American side with its affluence. Behind the impossibly gorgeous Queen Victoria Park is a squeaky-clean Canadian version of Atlantic City. It’s stuffed with hotels, casinos, and blocks of family-friendly tourist traps. By early evening, it’s so clogged with tourists walking around that its difficult to drive through. Despite the bustle of the Canadian side and the blight of the American side, the true star here is still the falls.

    Seeing Niagara Falls up close (and you are very close) helps you understand what has drawn explorers, artists, and lovers here for centuries. The falls are impossibly beautiful and massive, for one. They have an almost hypnotic power that draws you to them, and stays with you long after you leave. The mist keeps the parks around it in perpetual state of light rain, and on a sunny day, a rainbow rises out of the gorge that’s almost too crisp to be real. It wouldn’t be a good place to honeymoon, but go see Niagara falls, and you’ll remember it as fondly as your grandparents did.


    Nigara Falls, the Canada side, is a tourist boom town (and great spot for an ice bucket challenge). Photos by James Derek Sapienza

    Seeing Niagara Falls up close (and you are very close) helps you understand its draw. 

    Stacks on stacks on stacks 
    Tourists have been visiting the area since Napoleon’s brother had his honeymoon there. 

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    Opening Ceremony is giving you an all-access pass to NYFW S/S 2015. This season, we're doing things a little differently—with just the show essentials and backstage highlights. Above, a dispatch from yesterday's Spring/Summer 2015 Zana Bayne show, complete with leather harnesses, umbrellas, and the world's cutest baby.

    Want more from this year's New York Fashion Week? Stay up-to-the-minute on S/S 2015, right here.
    Shop all current Zana Bayne here!
     
    Photos courtesy of Zana Bayne


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    Opening Ceremony is giving you an all-access pass to NYFW S/S 2015. This season, we're doing things a little differently—with just the show essentials and backstage highlights. Above, a dispatch from yesterday's Spring/Summer 2015 Adam Selman show.

    Want more from this year's New York Fashion Week? Stay up-to-the-minute on S/S 2015, right here.


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    Opening Ceremony is giving you an all-access pass to NYFW S/S 2015. This season, we're doing things a little differently—with just the show essentials and backstage highlights. Above, a dispatch from yesterday's Spring/Summer 2015 Rachel Comey show.

    Want more from this year's New York Fashion Week? Stay up-to-the-minute on S/S 2015, right here.
    Shop all current Rachel Comey here


    Photos by Koa Pennock
    Willis Earl Beal

    Greta Lee

    Zoe Kazan and friend

    Rachel and Parker Posey

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    It used to be, if you were getting drafted for the military or headed into the wilderness, you would leave with a stack of survival cards—all very necessary if you're weathering harsh, elemental conditions. By no means are we comparing New York Fashion Week to a longish camping expedition, but it can get pretty funky out there. To the rescue: Opening Ceremony's NYFW Survival Cards. 

    "Keep calm and carry on" was originally created as a British propaganda slogan in the late '30s, to soothe worried souls during World War II. Since then, there have been dozens of spin-off phrases, like "Keep calm and call Batman," "Keep calm and hakuna matata," and "Keep calm and have fun." 

    To that point—it's Day #3 of NYFW, so let's remind ourselves to be chill. Whether you're a yogi (and we're not sure that's a legit pose in Jean Jullien's illustration above, some sort of inverted vrksasana?) or you follow the tao of beer on-tap... a calm elan will do you well. 

    This weekend, for anyone looking to take a breather from the stiletto brigade, our Opening Ceremony slip-ons are a good alternative. And with a 1.75" sole, no one will blame you for quick-changing outta those Bionda Castanas
     
    We're rolling out a new card every day this week. Check them all out, here!


    Don't try this at home. Illustration by Jean Jullien  Opening Ceremony Slip-On Platform Sneakers in tiger red 

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    For Fall/Winter 2014, Opening Ceremony took a, well, hands-on approach with its textured prints and shapes. Or rather, palms and fingers by way of Belgium. The city of Antwerp, with its rich tradition of architecture and design, inspired the clean lines, asymmetric shapes, and geometric prints of the collection. (What does Antwerp have to do with hands? Legend has it the city was named after a soldier who conquered a giant, said giant's hand becoming the token symbol of victory.)


    Frequent OC collaborator KT Auleta created a video for this latest collection, featuring a soundtrack from L-Vis 1990, pieces with fingerprint fabric details from the new collection, and models displaying universal hand signals. "I wanted to capture the girls in a playful way. Having them go through the same motions while filming was a way to do that," Auleta told us. "Using the prints as animated shapes was also a key part to keeping the energy high in the film." 

    Check out the video above, and try to resist snapping your fingers to the beat. 
     
    Shop all Opening Ceremony men's and women's 
     

     

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    It's the endless debate: Is fashion art? We're putting the question to bed with our latest Opening Ceremony editorial. Shot by HART + LËSHKINA at The Hole NYC, our Antwerp-inspired men's collection looks right at home among the downtown gallery's contemporary art. Click through the slides featuring a curated edit of quilted, textured, hand-covered pieces, and we're sure you'll agree.

    View the editorial here | Shop all Opening Ceremony men's here Kobe Oxford Covered Hand Shirt, Jens Moleskin Velcro Track Pants. Dorian Washed Satin Ergo Shirt, Yannick Cotton Classic Slim Fit Trousers, adidas Originals x Opening Ceremony OC ZX500 Trail Sneakers. Artwork by KATSU.

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    Opening Ceremony is giving you an all-access pass to NYFW Spring/Summer 2015. This season, we're doing things a little differently—with just the show essentials and backstage highlights. Above, a dispatch from yesterday's Spring/Summer 2015 SUNO show.

    Want more from this year's New York Fashion Week? Stay up-to-the-minute on S/S 2015, right here.

    Shop the current SUNO collection, here!
     


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    Opening Ceremony is giving you an all-access pass to NYFW Spring/Summer 2015. This season, we're doing things a little differently—with just the show essentials and backstage highlights. Above, a dispatch from yesterday's Spring/Summer 2015 Alexander Wang show.

    Want more from this year's New York Fashion Week? Stay up-to-the-minute on S/S 2015, right here.

    Shop the current Alexander Wang collection here

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    Opening Ceremony is giving you an all-access pass to NYFW Spring/Summer 2015. This season, we're doing things a little differently—with just the show essentials and backstage highlights. Above, a dispatch from yesterday's Spring/Summer 2015 Band of Outsiders party-presentation.

    Want more from this year's New York Fashion Week? Stay up-to-the-minute on S/S 2015, right
    here.

    Shop the current Band of Outsiders collection for 
    men and women! 

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    Opening Ceremony is giving you an all-access pass to NYFW Spring/Summer 2015. This season, we're doing things a little differently—with just the show essentials and backstage highlights. Above, a dispatch from yesterday's Spring/Summer 2015 Telfar show.

    Want more from this year's New York Fashion Week? Stay up-to-the-minute on S/S 2015, right
    here.

    Photos by Patrick Spears


     


    Bjarne Melgaard

    Telfar Clemens


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    Opening Ceremony is giving you an all-access pass to NYFW Spring/Summer 2015. This season, we're doing things a little differently—with just the show essentials and backstage highlights. Above, a dispatch from yesterday's Spring/Summer 2015 PRISM presentation.

    Want more from this year's New York Fashion Week? Stay up-to-the-minute on S/S 2015, right
    here.

    Shop the current PRISM collection here!

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    Patrik Ervell's Spring/Summer 2015 fashion show doesn't happen until tomorrow evening, but the New York-based designer and longtime OC friend is revealing preview shots from his forthcoming men's collection, exclusively through Opening Ceremony. Click through the slideshow to get a sneak peek, and read Patrik's inspiration "statement" for SS15, below! 

    "Interiors operate in a different kind of fashion system. Styles persist for decades instead of seasons. Interiors are designed to last—something to live with rather than wear and discard. The materials used in this collection reflect that kind of enduring ethos, fabrics asked to function and perform as both ornament and utility beyond passing trends. This drive for highly durable, almost indestructible garments may seem oppositional to the current state of fashion, however it’s perfectly suited to menswear—which relies on the play of proportions in suits and jackets and sportswear and a synthesis of materials that maintain far beyond a single season. Interior and industrial design was the inspiration of this spring collection, and performance driven textiles for interiors are employed to reflect that spirit of resilience and endurance, an architectural experimentation of indoor and outdoor, familiarity and surprise, function and adornment. Out of these syntheses, a new definition of luxury and wearability can take shape: the body as a room, clothes like furniture or light or paint, goods to inhabit and to keep." — Patrik Ervell 


    Shop all current Patrik Ervell men's and women's Exclusive looks from the Patrik Ervell Spring/Summer 2015 collection. All photos courtesy of Patrik Ervell  

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    Spike Jonze and Jonah Hill are two of this generation's most influential voices in cinema. Jonze, who got his start creating skateboarding and music videos, has gone from downtown visionary to canonical writer and director, winning the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his film, her. Hill, who made us laugh with his roles in Judd Apatow comedies, has since moved us to tears with poignant performances in The Wolf of Wall Street and Moneyball. Their latest project, 100% Lost Cotton, co-written by the pair and directed by Jonze, marks the first time either helms a theatrical production. A week before rehearsals began, they chatted with Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon to discuss Broadway debuts, the transition from cinema to theater, and the unadulterated fun of working with friends.


    HUMBERTO LEON: Hey, playwrights!

    JONAH HILL: So, this interview is for our [program]?

    SPIKE JONZE: This is for our [program], since playwrights have [programs].

    JH: That’s so sick! That’s the one thing I asked for.

    SJ: That is the one thing Jonah wanted. He said, “If we do this, the only thing I want is a [program].” We’re official.

    HL: Let’s talk about how this began. How did the project get going?

    SJ: It came up in Humberto’s living room four or five months ago. He was telling me about Kenzo’s Fall/Winter 2014 show. He watched 15 David Lynch films over the course of two weeks. It inspired him to get into David Lynch’s mentality, and then he designed a whole line of clothes as if he were actually David Lynch, and he got the actual David Lynch to design the set and music of the Kenzo show.

    JH: Oh, that’s so cool.

    SJ: So I said, “I want to do a fashion show for you. What if we did a one-act play as your show?”

    HL: Then I kept pushing. I asked, “Where would the play take place?” Spike said, “It would take place at the Met.”

    SJ: That was one of the first ideas I had. Before I even knew what the story was, I just wanted it to take place at the Metropolitan Opera House.

    JH: I told my grandma what I’m working on. I was like, “I’m writing a play with my friend.” She said, “That’s so nice.” And I said, “Yeah, it’s at the Metropolitan Opera House.” She was like, “What the fuck?!”

    SJ: It’s insane; it’s at the Met. The funny thing... My brother [Sam Spiegel] is doing the music, and when we were kids, he sang in the children’s choir for the Metropolitan Opera. And then, I did the video for Fatboy Slim’s “Praise You,” and we got to perform at the Met during the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards.

    JH: That was the Torrance community dance theatre.

    SJ: Hell yeah! It’s a group. Actually, it’s the Torrance Community Dance Group. It’s not dance theater. Please get that right, Jonah!

    JH: My bad, my bad, my bad.

    SJ: And I went to high school a block away from there, too, on 63rd Street. It really does feel just like the Drake song—I’m going home.

    JH: Yeah, and you started from the bottom.

    SJ: That’s right.

    HL: What did you think, Jonah, when Spike first came to you with this idea?

    JH: Spike and I have been friends for a long time...

    SJ: We were

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  • 08/31/14--21:00: NYFW Survival Cards: Be Bold
  • It used to be, if you were getting drafted for the military or headed into the wilderness, you would leave with a stack of survival cards—all very necessary if you're weathering harsh, elemental conditions. By no means are we comparing New York Fashion Week to a longish camping expedition, but it can get pretty funky out there. To the rescue: Opening Ceremony's NYFW Survival Cards. 

    Tonight is Opening Ceremony's Spring/Summer 2015 show-slash-one-act play. We'll be putting up some great behind-the-scenes content and first reveals later in the night, on the blog and on our Twitter and Instagram accounts, but for now, we'll leave you with these words: "Be Bold." 
     
    We're rolling out a new card every day this week. Check them all out, here!

     
    Opening Ceremony Sylvie Clog Booties

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    Opening Ceremony is giving you an all-access pass to NYFW Spring/Summer 2015. This season, we're doing things a little differently—with just the show essentials and backstage highlights. Above, a dispatch from yesterday's Spring/Summer 2015 William Okpo show.

    Want more from this year's New York Fashion Week? Stay up-to-the-minute on S/S 2015, right here.



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    "Do not social media anything, but if you have a pager, you can turn it ON at this time," Jonah Hill instructed the first audience of 100% Lost Cotton last night at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. The fashion show-play hybrid was Jonah's first theatrical production, penned alongside Spike Jonze and directed by Spike. The principals were actors—Dree Hemingway, Elle Fanning, Bobby Cannavale, John Cameron Mitchell, Rashida Jones, Catherine Keener, Alia Shawkat—and the play was not dissimilar to Jonah's comment: a satire. A backstage dramedy that takes place during New York Fashion Week—featuring characters named Carol and Humberto—this was a lighthearted, meta take on the fashion circuit: the tangential relationships, the insecurities and struggles, and, let's admit it, the deluge of explicit language. 

    But 100% Lost Cotton was also a fashion show, where Opening Ceremony's Spring/Summer 2015 collection took center stage. Karlie Kloss, who made her theatrical debut as herself, wore a neoprene pullover and twill mini skirt with small circular laser cut-outs. Elle, an earnest newbie model from Oklahoma, sported a swimming-pool-inspired cut-out grommet dress. Dree, who played an insecure model who dabbles in "musing" ("when really important people stare at you to get ideas") wore a powder-pink romper and an Athena bag in a mini lunch bag shape. The clothes were vibrant, in punched-up colors like tangier pink, coral, palladium green, and cerulean. And, like the production, the collection was inspired by simpler times and the pure fun of collaborating with friends. "It was supposed to be about the summer of '91 when Carol and I used to go pool hopping together in high school," Humberto, played by John, explained in a scene. "All we wanted to do was find another new pool to sneak into—that's all that mattered."

    Of course, working with friends isn't all innocence and nostalgia. In 100% Lost Cotton, stylist Brian Molloy, played by Bobby, is desperately in love with Patrick, Humberto's husband. After getting in a fight about the collection in front of Vogue editor Lisa Love (played by Rashida), the confrontation gets physical as Humberto tackles Brian. Meanwhile, Carol, played by Catherine, is a ferocious, quick-tempered alpha who hardly utters a line that's not a bellow. "Yes—he's in love with Patrick, you ignore Patrick, you're both assholes, and I'm losing money!" 

    In the end, though, friendship triumphs over hardship. Bella and Julie, played by Dree and Elle respectively, commiserate on the anonymity of models ("you spend hours in the morning worrying about what you're gonna do and say and wear") before bonding over the silver lining. "[Fashion] is about invention and reinvention," Bella said. "Every morning you wake up and you get to decide what type of person you want to be." 100% Lost Cotton is a work of fiction, but doesn't try to resolve any of these inherent industry paradoxes. In the last scene, as the cast breaks into a song-and-dance number (set to Drake's "Hold On We're Going Home"), you got the feeling that even with its outsized egos and rampant superficiality, fashion is a worthwhile pursuit. At the very least, it's a great way to have fun with your friends.

    Check out our slideshow for all the behind-the-scenes and on-stage moments from the show. 
    Like this story?
     Read more coverage of 100% Lost Cotton here.  
    Elle Fanning, Dree

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    Opening Ceremony is giving you an all-access pass to NYFW Spring/Summer 2015. This season, we're doing things a little differently—with just the show essentials and backstage highlights. Above, a dispatch from yesterday's Spring/Summer 2015 Hood By Air show.

    Want more from this year's New York Fashion Week? Stay up-to-the-minute on S/S 2015, right here.

    Shop the current Hood by Air collection here

    Photos by Patrick Spears
    Aleali MayDev Hynes, Samantha Urbani, and KelelaJames Goldstein Susie BubbleNicola Formichetti Nick Wooster and Michael Hainey Heron Preston and Ruth GrucaBjarne Melgaard (right) and friend  

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